Adult Learning Center 

Course Descriptions


 Most classes are eight weeks. Held at Adult Recreation Center. 

Course fees will vary; see the latest catalogue listings for fees and dates.

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Computer Fundamentals

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This course is designed for people who are thinking about or beginning to use a computer, and who would like to gain confidence and learn the fundamental skills necessary to become computer literate. It will familiarize you with:

1)  Basic hardware and software components

2)  Proper mouse and keyboard use

3)  Keyboard word processing and Internet and email concepts

Students who complete the course should feel more confident and comfortable with computers, and will be ready to learn more about some of the common programs in the next courses offered: Introduction to Windows  for Beginners

Skills required:

  • Visual acuity which allows you to read a computer screen and a manual
  • Hearing acuity which allows you to hear a teacher in a classroom setting
  • The willingness to try something new!

Course manual and student practice files included;

Home or office use of a Windows 7- equipped computer with USB ports & flash drive or a CD/DVD drive is strongly recommended.

Computer Lab FREE!

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Our Computer Lab will be available for supervised practice and assistance every Friday afternoon from 1 - 4pm, when classes are in session. The Lab will be open and the computers available with an experienced person to help students practice any parts of the lessons for which they need help. The lab is only open to former and current students.

Exploring Windows 7

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Exploring Windows presents information on the Windows 7 operating system. The student will learn what the operating system can do, and how to perform routine maintenance necessary to keep the computer functioning well.

Topics include:

  • using Windows Explorer;
  • managing the desktop;
  • formatting, copying, and write-protecting disks;
  • modifying system settings and properties;
  • using incidental programs such as the calculator;
  • customizing your system; and
  • improving computer efficiency by identifying hard drive errors and defragmenting the hard drive.
It is recommended that registrants have Windows 7 on their computers at home, and have taken Microsoft Works or have equivalent skills. Course manual and student practice files included.


Genealogy - Introduction to Family Tree Maker

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  • Course manual and student practice files included.

There is a lot to learn about genealogy. This course focuses on introducing basic components of the Family Tree Maker program; not on teaching all of the many things someone needs to know to research their family history. This course will familiarize you with:

  1. Creating family pages
  2. Ancestor/descendant charts
  3. Printing family sheets
  4. Printing family sheet forms for research
  5. Searching published CD's for ancestors
  6. Searching the internet for ancestors
  7. Scanning photos, vital records, other into scrapbooks
  8. Creating & printing a family book
  9. Importing digitized photos into scrapbooks
Students who complete the course will be ready to begin building family history files. You can be the family historian and organize and share with others, those old photos, obits, vital records, clippings and family bible notes that have been gathering dust in family attics.

Students who have access to a computer with Windows versions, and Family Tree Maker with which to practice will gain more knowledge from the course.

Skills required:

  • Basic skills using a personal computer, mouse and Microsoft Windows versions.


Genealogy & Family History                        (A)

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In this class you will learn how to seek information about your ancestors via the Internet.  You will learn about different genealogy programs, and free Internet research sites.  At the completion of the course you should be capable of writing and publishing a family history.  Bring as much information about your ancestors as possible.  You may use your own laptop or one of our computers.   It is recommended that the student have taken the Computer Fundamentals course or possess similar skills.  

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 for Beginners

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Eight sessions which build on fundamental skills with Windows 7 and Office 2007 programs. Creating, editing and saving files created with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are approached in slow, observant, step-by-step fashion. 

Skills required:

  • Completion of Computer Fundamentals or equivalent skills, familiarity with using a mouse, turning on and shutting down a PC.
  • Access to a home or office computer with Windows is highly recommended.   The computer should be equipped with a CD/DVD drive or a USB port. Your own USB Flash drive is optional.  The computer should have an installation of Microsoft Office 2007.

Included with class:

  • a manual with step by step instructions for learning concepts and practicing illustrative documents.
  • Media with practice files

Introduction to Excel 2007

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  • Course manual and student practice files included.

Introduction to Excel 2007 enables the Beginner/Intermediate Spreadsheet User to create spreadsheets using Excel 2007 software. Topics covered include how to use the Ribbon, entering data, formatting data and worksheets, creating charts and printing data. The student will learn to create Spreadsheets for stocks and other investments, checking accounts, household expenses as well as any other data.

This is not a course for computer novices. It is highly important that the student be well versed with Windows and have the use of a computer.

Introduction to the Internet and Email

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The goal of this course is to introduce students to the Internet and the fundamentals of using Email. Included are the basic skills needed to correspond with friends and family using Email, navigating around the Web and searching for information of interest. Students will also obtain experience in sharing their ideas and support with others via Internet discussions, chat or Email groups. Some topics include: Introduction to the Internet and Browser Basics, using email, chat and instant messaging, organizing your browser, saving and downloading files, understanding security, privacy and on-line commerce, viruses, anti-virus programs and more. The exercises in this course are primarily based on Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Students should be comfortable and experienced in using a personal computer, interested in communicating via email, and have a personal computer at home. Course Manual and student practice files included.